Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
Back to Blog
A key to Scoring High on the GMAT
One of the most common errors in Sentence Correction on the GMAT is an incorrect, or dangling, modifier. These modifiers are often hard to detect. However, it is crucial to detect them if you want to score high on the GMAT. This blog attempts to eliminate confusion and frustration of students who are familiar with dangling modifiers.
What are Dangling Modifiers, or "Danglers"?
A dangler is a phrase that is used at the start of a sentence to describe something, but that something is not the subject doing the main action of the sentence. Since dangling modifiers don't attach to what comes right after them, they "dangle." The result is that they can be read as describing the subject of the sentence when they actually don't, which can be funny or just confusing. Let's see some examples.
The Usual Suspect
Watch out for an ing word if it's near the front of a sentence. Most likely, it is a dangling modifier. To find it, ask a whodunit question. Who is doing the talking, reading, singing, walking, etc? You may be surprised by what you find. Often, the danglers are participles.
With Present Participles
With Past Participles
With Prepositional Phrases
Often prepositions, a words that show position or direction, can lead your astray.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Often adjectives get pinned to the wrong part of a sentence and become danglers.
Hitch your Wagon
A dangling adverb at the front of a sentence is similar to a horse that's hitched to the wrong wagon. Such adverbs are easy to spot because they often end in 'ly'. When you see one, make sure it is hitched to the right verb.
The Infinitive Trouble
Some of the hardest danglers to see begin with to.A sentence that starts with an infinitive (a verb usually preceded by to, like to say, to laugh) cannot be left to dangle. The opening phrase has to be attached to whoever or whatever is performing the action.
Can't find a dangler? It might hiding as a 'like' or as an 'unlike'. Consider this likely example.
Source: Woe is I, by Patricia T. O'Conner
Back to Blog
The GMAT is a tricky test, so make sure you can solve the easy problems. Test yourself with the following problems.
1. The value of an investment triples every 10 years. By what factor does the value increase over a 30-year period?
2. A chemist is making a 50% alcohol solution. How many milliliters of distilled water must the chemist add to 600 milliliters of an 80% alcohol solution to obtain a 50% solution?
3. An investor receives interest on two simple interest investments, one at 3%, annually, and the other at 2%, annually. The two investments together earn $900 annually. The amount invested at 3% is $20,000. How much money is invested at 2%?
4. If the diameter of a circle is 14, then the area of the circle is
Back to Blog
Instructions: The following questions present a sentence, part of which or all of which is underlines. Beneath the sentence you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. Choose the best answer.
1. In 1980, lack of preparation reduced Costa Rica's coffee production to about 30 million tons, nearly 20 percent less than those of the 1979 harvest.
(A) less than those of the 1979 harvest.
(B) less than the 1979 harvest.
(C) less than 1979.
(D) fewer than 1979.
(E) fewer than that of India's 1979 harvest.
2. Veronica needs to buy a new dress, resole her dancing shoes, and the visit to the doctor needs to be rescheduled.
(A) and the visit to the doctor needs to be rescheduled.
(B) and visiting the doctor needs to be rescheduled for later in the day.
(C) and reschedule her visit to the doctor.
(D) and doctor's visiting needs to be rescheduled.
(E) and visit the doctor.
3. After I called all of your friends, you was surprised when they showed up for the party.
(A) you was surprised
(B) you were surprise
(C) you was surprising
(D) you were surprised
(E) surprised was your feeling
4. Nancy, like many nurses, work long hours.
(A) work long hours.
(B) work long hour.
(C) works long hours.
(D) work for long hours.
(E) work for longer hours.
5. The audience, already amazed by the special effects, gasp when the curtain rose on the second act's new set.
(A) gasp when the curtain rose
(B) gasped when the curtain rose
(C) gasp when the curtain roses
(D) gasp upon seeing the curtain rise
(E) gasps when the curtain rose